Abbey to do laps

This week I will start with parkrun. Joining over 140,000 other runners (UK), we had many Bentley Blues running various 5km routes around the county, country and world!

Starting across the pond, at Jamaica Pond parkrun held in the grounds of Harvard University, Boston, was male captain, Scott Young. He finished in a time 23:46 and said it was a beautiful run in a fantastic park.

Heading north this weekend, our female captain Meera and husband Robin found themselves running around Portabello Park in Edinburgh. Robin crossed the line in 20:48 and Meera in 24:08.

Slightly further south in the grounds of Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire, Rob Ferguson ran home in 22:53.

Closer to home, we had Bentley Blues running in all the local parkruns and here are their results:

Colchester Castle:

Danny Draper 20:11; Duncan Scott 21:38; Stephanie Mills 27:02; James McCullagh 29:27; Leoni Harvey 29:55; Teresa Farmer 31:07 and Nick Goodman (3x ejected socks pit stops) and Martha in 32:25.


David Wright 19:08; Paul Hollidge 22:28; Anthea Colsell 26:19; Deborah Hollidge 30:03; Tomasz Komorowski 30:10 and Zoe Reynolds in 34:42.

Mersea Island:

Anna Lyon was first lady home this week at Mersea’s parkrun in 25:09. Well done Anna!


Justine Sheekey  ran in 22:42 and Stephen Walsh crossed the finish line in 26:20.

Clacton Seafront:

We had another first finisher this week when Jason Cook crossed the line in a sub 20 time of 19:56, well done Jason! Ray Baggs ran in 22:47; Kevin James 24:04; Brian Telford 25:14; Fiona Gosling 29:01; Claire Poole 30:56; Alison Clarke 31:11 and Sandra James in 40:17.

Maldon Promenade:

Paul Connell ran in 20:38 to round up or Bentley Blue parkrun participants for this week.

In other running news:

Over in Bradwell on Sea, there was an Essex Trail Event short or long trail run, the Bradwell Vertigo. Phil Presland, along with Milly, took part in the 7.2 mile trail run with Phil finishing in 1:14:20. Paul and Deborah Hollidge took part in the long trail event with Vicky Presland and they finished in 2:49:06.

Just a little closer to home, in Maldon, there was the annual half marathon which saw three Bentley Blues taking part. Paul Connell finished in 20th place with a time of 1:33:20 whilst Anna Young ran in 2:01:27 and Mark Stevenson in 1:42:56. Well done to you all.

Finally, some Abbey Field action – a Running Colchester member Fraser Lewis is aiming to run 19 marathons in 2019 for two local charities and he, with some support, set up a six hour endurance event around Abbey Fields. A good number of Bentley Blues joined him running a variety of distances.  Tomasz Komorowski ran 33 miles in 5 hours 51 minutes. Magadalena Komorowska ran 16.7 miles whilst Chusa Batis ran a half marathon along with Sue Wright. Gemma Colling, and Sarah and Paul Davison joined in too, so well done for lapping Abbey Fields again and again, all for two very good causes.